Autumn in Toronto is a beautiful thing, but nothing compares to the charming atmosphere of small towns in Ontario. The historic buildings, quaint boutiques, and cozy cafes make this special season one of the best times to visit, not to mention all of the gorgeous fall hikes you can do while you’re there.

Here are 7 of the most charming small towns to visit during the fall in Ontario.



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Dating back to the late 1700s, Ancaster is one of the oldest towns in all of Ontario. Its historic charm has been preserved through dozens of heritage buildings and a charming main strip, where you’ll find all kinds of spots to dine including the dreamy Ancaster Mill. Plus, there’s no shortage of fall hikes to enjoy around here including the majestic Tiffany Falls.


Dreaming of atumn in wine country? Look no further than Niagara-on-the-Lake. The lovely waterfront town is surrounded by fall foliage and the surrounding heritage homes only add to its charm.

Between the newly-opened 124 on Queen, Prince of Wales and Harbour House Hotel, you’ll be spoiled for choice with dreamy accommodations. And while you’re there, you can stop at one of the many nearby wineries for a tasting.


What better place to spend an autumn weekend than in Ontario’s “most beautiful village?” When it comes to scenic views and historic charm, Elora does not disappoint.

You’ll want to take a peek inside of the adorable boutiques that line the streets of this quaint destination and if you’re in the mood to spoil yourself, you can visit the iconic Elora Mill & Spa for some relaxation.

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This small town in Ontario was named the “prettiest” in Canada by none other than the late Queen Elizabeth II, so you know you’re in for something special.

Goderich, Ontario is a small coastal town situated on bluffs with a gorgeous view of Lake Huron. The town is known for its almost turquoise-blue beaches (three in fact) and a very charming historic downtown. Add to that some incredible autumn views and you have yourself the perfect day trip destination.



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Known as Ontario’s “friendly town,” you can count on a big dose of autumn vibes in charming and picturesque Almonte. The town’s historic Mill St is so colourful this time of year.

The scenic mill town on the Mississippi River near Ottawa is full of shops, restaurants, and elegant inns, making it the perfect weekend destination.

Blue Mountain Village

Blue Mountain is a must-visit destination in Ontario, and not just for ski season! The charming village is ablaze with autumn hues this time of year and there’s plenty to do to keep you occupied, including the gondola ride to a glowing enchanted forest trail, the thrilling mountain coaster, as well as hiking, biking, shopping, and dining.